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PRISM  to move to NHRC over assault on driver by Mizoram CM guards

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PRISM  to move to NHRC over assault on driver by Mizoram CM guards

AIZAWL, FEB 7 (ZORAMOBSERVER.COM): People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), a newly floated political party said it will appeal to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the Mizoram government for failing to take action over the alleged assault on a civilian by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla’s security guard recently.

“We would write to the NHRC to seek its intervention and thereby take necessary action against the Mizoram government for refusing to take legal action against those security guards who had indulged in physical assault on a truck driver on the night of 22 January,” PRISM president Vanlalruata told Zoramobserver.

He said that government officials including Home Minister R. Lalzirliana and the security guards themselves had admitted to the crime.

File photo: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla

“Despite the Home Minister admitting that the security guards had physically assaulted and pummeled a truck driver Lalbiakzuala, while he was travelling on an uphill and narrow highway along Kolasib-Aizawl road, which is a violation of human rights, the government refused to take any action against the security guards involved in the serious crime,” Vanlalruata said.

“We have earlier appealed to the state government to take legal action but it remains silent on this issue till date,” he added.

He said that they are preparing a written appeal to the NHRC and will submit the same within this week.

The anti-corruption watchdog turned political party had earlier written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, imploring them to initiate a probe into the case and take appropriate action against Lal Thanhawla and the assailants. It also demanded Congress chief Lal Thanhawla to resign as Chief Minister for failing to take action against his security guards.

PRISM alleged that some security guards who escorted the chief minister while he was heading towards Aizawl from Mizoram-Assam border town of Kolasib had physically assaulted a 207 pick-up truck driver Lalbiakzuala, a resident of Sihphir village near Aizawl on the night of January 22. Due to serious injuries he sustained from the physical assault, the victim was hospitalized at Synod Hospital, Durtlang here and was discharged on 29 January.

 “Although the victim’s father filed an FIR at Bawngkawn police station, it was later withdrawn and the investigation process stopped totally after police officials paid Rs 50,000 to the victim’s family as medical reimbursement on January 29,” PRISM said.

Vanlalruata said they have not received any response from either the President or the Prime Minister Office (PMO) till date.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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